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Nokia’s popular handset the lumia 520 has been on sale a while now and proving popular.

With the average cost on pre-pay here in ireland its normally around 109.99 euros.

Argos have released their new catalog,the autumn/winter 2013.

So naturally i checked out the prices and to see whats on offer from the retail giant.

 

Well to my surprise the Lumia 520 was the at a whopping 194.99 reduced from 229.99.

Both these prices are way above board even though they are sim free models.

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Here is the advertisement in the catalog

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No shame here stating it was 229 which you could buy the 620 for which is the next model up.

Last year the 620 in argos was a whopping 319.99 again way over the street price.

 

Ok so here is where i have a valid point.

Sim free = no bloatware.

Buying from a store ok your locked and have a good chance of bloatware.

Buy the phone from a network you can get it unlocked for free with credit spend or meeting your contract terms.

Most operators now have set terms for unlocking some more outrageous than others i might add.

So if you buy it for 109.99 you can get it unlock for free by meeting the terms above OR you can get it done for 25 euros in shop that provides the service,this would void warranty but nobody really takes this on board,unlocking phones here in ireland is a huge business.

 

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By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.